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Help wanted in Cave Spring

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Cave Spring is a council member short again, but the board plans to fill the vacant Post 2 seat before its next meeting on June 13.

Mayor Dennis Shoaf read into the minutes Tuesday a resignation letter from Councilman Michael Phillips, who cited a new career opportunity and family obligation.

“He’s one of the best minds in our community and he will be sorely missed,” Councilman Tom Lindsey said.

Phillips’ four-year term runs through 2019 and the City Council decided to fill the seat by appointment. Letters of interest will be accepted at City Hall through June 6.

The city held special elections in 2016 to fill two council posts vacated by resignations.

The terms for Posts 3 and 4 end this year, along with Post 5. Those seats — held by Councilmembers Nellie McCain, Charles Jackson and Mike Ragland — will be on the city’s regular election ballot in November.

The City Council also is accepting letters of interest from residents who want to serve on a new Building Inspection Committee.

Shoaf said the committee would be charged with finding a way for the city to have its own inspector, at a minimal cost, while still maintaining its building codes.

“The last thing I want to see is this town torn apart by building inspections, but that’s the direction we’re headed in,” he said. “We are Cave Spring and we need to take care of our own.”

The Rome-Floyd County office currently handles permits and code enforcement for Cave Spring, but residents who spoke during caucus and the regular meeting complained of the turnaround time and favoritism.

“I don’t want to get rid of the codes, but it needs to be done in-house and it needs to be done with an understanding of the age of some of these places,” said Tony Brock, who owns property in Cave Spring’s historic downtown district.

Also on Tuesday, the City Council agreed to spend $100 on bricks for a Veterans Walk, to honor two local men who died during World War I.

“James Weems came back in a box and is buried in the Cave Spring Cemetery. George McGinnis is buried in the American cemetery in France,” Councilmember Mike Ragland said.